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International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR): 13 October 2016

Vaccination campaign Central African Republic 2015

International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), held every 13 October, celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.

This year marks the launch of the new "Sendai Seven" campaign, centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework, the first of which is reducing disaster mortality. The target for IDDR 2016 is reducing mortality and “Live to Tell” is the slogan.

LIVE TO TELL ...A life saved is the greatest benefit of reducing disaster risk

The stories below highlight examples of WHO's work towards risk-reducing, life-saving activities undertaken at local and national level with a focus on the most vulnerable. These stories also show how WHO's work for emergencies is helping to implement the health aspects of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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